It’s always interesting to try new social media management tools, so I was thrilled to get the chance to test Rignite. While the tool is aimed predominantly at enterprises, bloggers can try it for free (I’ll tell you how later in the review). If your blog is your business, there’s a lot to like about Rignite. If you’re managing social media for others, the ability to separate your own profiles from clients’ profiles or to decide which LinkedIn groups you want to post to is also handy.
As a professional blogger, it’s very important to me to have a workflow that really works. I write dozens of posts every month, hundreds every year, so efficiency is essential. It’s taken a while, but now I have a system that helps me be effective in everything from idea generation to publication and sharing. The ability to come up with new ideas or to improve the ideas that others suggest is crucial. Here’s how my blogging workflow works.
Many bloggers struggle to give their content some pizzazz. We all know how important quality content is but you also need quality visuals to capture attention. That’s where Visme comes in. It’s a web application that helps you to create online presentations, Infographics and all kinds of interactive visual content – and it’s laughably easy to use. I first reviewed it a few months ago on the Crazy Egg blog, but a lot has changed since then so I thought it was time for a new look at this tool.
I’ve tried a few WordPress editorial calendars over the years, but none of them really stuck. Then I started using CoSchedule, a blog editorial calendar that costs $10 per month per blog. Six months after my original review (which netted me a one year trial account), I’m still using it – and it’s because of one killer feature: the integration of social publishing with the editorial calendar. Let’s have a look at how the rest of CoSchedule works.
When I first heard Google Reader was going, I was really upset. It wasn’t so much about reader itself, but about the possibility of losing the services that depend on it, like my Google Reader interface of choice – Feedly. As it turned out, there was no need to worry, because thanks to some behind the scenes tech wizardry involving cloning APIs, Feedly will still be around and working long after Google Reader is gone. I’ve been using Feedly for around five years and at this stage I can’t even remember how I found it – what I do know is that I love it.
Delete. That was the sound of me getting rid of another poor guest post pitch. I used to respond to every guest post request I got, but lately I’ve been inundated with approaches that are, quite frankly, poor. That’s probably one of the reasons that a lot of prominent bloggers are refusing to accept guest posts. I have to say that I love a good guest post. But I’m not so desperate that I will take any old post that someone throws my way. Here are the issues that make me turn down guest post approaches.
The first thing that attracted me to JustRetweet was the name. I love simplicity and that’s exactly what the site offers – an easy way to find stuff you want to share and retweet it with one click. I have been using the site as an antidote to my growing Triberr fatigue and so far, I like it a lot.
The JustRetweet interface isn’t fancy but it works. Everything you need to know about how the site works is on the rules page. Visit the home page to follow the three simple steps to joining the site…continue reading…